The Design and Implementation of a Career Orientation Course for Undergraduate Majors

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career exploration, career orientation, seminar, undergraduate


Over the past several years I have taught a career orientation course at St. John Fisher College. This course was designed to increase student awareness of potential careers following their undergraduate studies in our Biology program. Additionally, the course has also been used as a model for similar experiences in our Psychology, Chemistry, English, Pharmacy, Education and Sport Management programs. This article provides descriptions of the themes covered and methods used in the course to facilitate student preparation and independence in considering a future career. Pre- and post-course surveys indicate an increased level of student awareness, as well as confidence, toward career preparation. Additionally, surveys of both students and mock interviewers indicate students have successfully met the course goals related to articulating experience and credentials required for specific careers as well as identifying program requirements to pursue specific careers.


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